News and Announcements

  • 01 May 2018 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    Abstract submissions to present a workshop are now open for CONASTA 67, the national science education conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association. 

    This is your chance to share your practice with your peers at a national event.

    More than 500 delegates are expected to attend CONASTA 67, including:

    • early childhood teachers, primary teachers, secondary teachers, pre-service teachers
    • science and science education lecturers
    • education and curriculum consultants
    • laboratory managers and technicians
    • science and education researchers

    The onsite workshop program presented by teachers, researchers and science professionals covers a broad range of topics including, but not limited to:      

    • primary and secondary science education
    • laoratory technician skills and practices
    • new science and science education research
    • curriculum implementation and support
    • teaching resources and innovations

    Please follow the link below to submit an abstract for an onsite workshop. Presentation Portal
    Abstract submissions for workshops will close on 15 December 2017, so please get your abstract submission in by this date.

    Kind regards,

    CONASTA 67 Events Team

  • 25 Mar 2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    St Patrick's College, Sutherland is looking for a Lab Assistant to cover a staff member taking a month's Long Service Leave. The position is for 3 days a week, Mon-Wed starting Mon 11th June and finishes at the end of term 2. The applicant will be working with their other Lab Assistant who also works 3 days a week, Wed-Fri.

    For further details or to express your interest, please contact the Science Co-ordinator, Ms Jen Ming via her email:

    Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested.

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  • 13 Mar 2017 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    ASET NSW Members Blog

    Our members would have received an email about our new blog, if you haven't please read;

    NEW! ASET has just set up an email group list for laboratory technicians in educational institutions throughout NSW. It is for asking questions, giving advice, and any other facet of being a laboratory technician in NSW. Many schools only have one laboratory technician, which may make seeking help difficult other than using Google or asking through the Chem Talk forum, which can take some time to receive answers. The email list reaches your fellow colleagues in other schools instantly, and you will receive answers or advice very quickly. Subscription is quick, easy and best of all, it’s free.

    Log in and go to the Member Only Content Tab>ASET NSW Blog

  • 07 Feb 2017 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    Are you GHS Compliant?

    Watch this video for an easy explanation of what GHS is & what you have to do.

  • 20 Dec 2016 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    Science ASSIST signing off 

    Sadly, the Science ASSIST project is now coming to a close and the Science ASSIST team are extremely proud of what they have achieved over the 2.5 years since the Science ASSIST website went 'live'.
  • 16 Jun 2013 11:33 PM | Anonymous
    I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress of the service. A Project Management Group has been set up to oversee the direction of the project and the following support officers have been appointed:

    Laboratory Technician Support Officer: Teresa Gigengack, Email:
    Science Teaching Support Officer: Kate Dilger Email:

    Teresa and Kate are part of the project operations group and should be your point of contact if you have any questions or queries concerning the advisory service .

    The service will be known as Science ASSIST: Australian School Science Information and Support for Teachers and Technicians ASET NSW congratulates Teresa and Kate and looks forward to the progress of the Advisory Service.
  • 16 Jun 2013 10:36 PM | Anonymous

    Many of you will be aware of the new science initiative Science ASSIST. Science ASSIST is a national online advisory service for school science educators and laboratory technicians. This service will provide free, timely and accurate advice and support to teachers and school science laboratory technicians.

    Science ASSIST is not meant to replace technician associations or web based discussion forums but to provide authoritative information and support for school science teachers and technicians. It is a very exciting project and information and past newsletters can be found at .

    Here is a copy of the latest exciting news on Science ASSIST  e-Newsletter Dec 2017

    ASTA and SETA are VERY pleased to inform you that they have managed to secure further support from the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training to 'reboot'  Science ASSIST.

    At this point, the Science ASSIST advisory service will focus wholly on school laboratory safety for teachers and technicians. New science curriculum resources and advice will not be included in the short term. 

    In the next few weeks, the Q&A section of the website will be reopened and the Science ASSIST team will continue the development of technical resources including Standard Operating Procedures, Risk Assessments and Information sheets. These will be loaded to the website as they are completed.

    Thank you for championing the project by continuing to access the Science ASSIST website over the past 6 months and letting the Science ASSIST team know the value of the resources and advice to you. We couldn't have done it without you.

    We will send another newsletter by the end of July letting you know of our progress and when the Q&A will be once more 'open for business'. In the meantime, please spread the word to your colleagues and encourage them to sign up for the e-News if they haven't already.

    Just wanting to clarify that the impetus for Science ASSIST came in part as a result of recommendations contained in the 2009 report by Professor Mark Hackling “The Status of School Science Laboratory Technicians in Australian Secondary Schools” as well as a report released in 2012 by the Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb titled “Health of Australian Science”. 

    To download the 2009 report follow the link on the SETA page at and to download the 2012 report go to

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